Welcome to the LINGUIST List 2016 Fund Drive!
As an academic service run by linguistics students and faculty, LINGUIST List relies on your donations to financially support the editing students and keep the operation working. Our readers' support goes directly to fund the students who edit the mailing list and website; without that support, we'd have nobody to send out the information you rely on. And so each year, we pull out all the stops to create a brand-new website, stocked with contests, original content, and amusements; we write heartfelt pleas; we share the exclusive autobiographies of our linguistic colleagues from all over the world; we compose and perform original songs; we offer delightful thank-you gifts. In short, we do everything we can to win the goodwill (or pity) of our subscribers, followers, and website users to encourage their donations.
This is the second LINGUIST List Fund Drive at the new location. As you all know, LINGUIST List moved from Eastern Michigan University to Indiana University in summer 2014. The relocation left LINGUIST List with an extremely low budget. In addition, in 2013 there was no LINGUIST List Fund Drive at all. Right now LINGUIST List depends on your help more than ever. Please donate!
As many of you know, The LINGUIST List is now in its 25th year of existence. On the 13th of December 1990, Anthony Aristar posted from the University of Western Australia the first email to LINGUIST, announcing together with Helen Aristar Dry the launch of the new list. Helen and Anthony were ending their message with this comment:
"Let us say in ending that making a list of this kind a success depends crucially on initiating an ongoing dialogue between participants. Once this dialogue has been properly begun, the list acquires a life of its own, and little further effort is required to maintain its existence. To this end, we earnestly ask you all to begin contributing, and aid therefore in the continuance of LINGUIST."
They were more than right. The list acquired a life of its own. It has been serving the linguistic community for almost 25 years now. It has grown from a mailing list to a major web portal and a social media site.
They were quite wrong about the "little further effort" to maintain its existence. They are surely very aware of that now.
The operation requires a lot of effort by the team of editing and supporting students and programmers. It is very much unique in providing a moderated mailing list infrastructure with human editing services and post-publishing support for corrections, changes, and updates to posted information. This human touch makes it unique, efficient, important, and interesting. It offers an interactive service with a team of dedicated linguistics students, learning about the academic scene and life of linguistics, learning about running the list service and a complex website, about posting on social media platforms, organizing fund drives, and also doing linguistic research. It has been a pleasure to have the LINGUIST List crew around, to be part of them.
We are glad that LINGUIST List is reaching silver status now. We hope to lay the ground for it reaching gold in the next 25 years. The fund drive is necessary to keep LINGUIST List running. Please help the LINGUIST List Team to achieve this goal. Please help us with this effort!
Fund Drive is always a global affair, with participation from donors, schools, and publishers from around the world. We are glad to have numerous supporters from all around the globe.
This year, since the LINGUIST List is now located at Indiana University in the Department of Linguistics, the Fund Drive has to do with laying new roots, planting new orchards, and setting an environment for LINGUIST List to thrive in future.